Environment & Energy

  • National Strategy on Climate Change of Lao PDRMar 12, 2010
    With around 70% of the Lao population relying on subsistence agriculture for their livelihoods, climate change impacts, such as unpredictable rains and extended dry seasons, will have a significant impact on the lives of people across the country. This strategy is the first step in the country's climate change adaptation efforts.

  • Blending Climate Finance through National Climate FundsSep 13, 2011
    An important tool that can help countries to make the most of climate finance is a National Climate Fund (NCF). An NCF is a country-driven mechanism that supports the collection, blending, coordination of, and accounting for climate finance at the national level.

  • National Biodiversity Strategy to 2020Jun 11, 2004
    The Government of Lao PDR acceded to the International Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1996 and committed itself, as part of its obligations as party signatory, to developing a national biodiversity strategy. The Lao PDR’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) aims to protect biodiversity resources and to ensure their sustainable use.

  • National Adaptation Programme of Action to Climate ChangeApr 1, 2009
    Lao PDR lacks data, adaptation strategies, funds, human resources, experience, an appropriate approach and the mechanisms to develop immediate and long term solutions. The National Adaptation Programme of Action to Climate Change (NAPA) is the first step to reduce climate change-induced vulnerabilities in Lao PDR.

    Local and indigenous communities across the world are advancing innovative sustainable development solutions that work for people and for nature. Few publications or case studies tell the full story of how such initiatives evolve, the breadth of their impacts, or how they change over time. Fewer still have undertaken to tell these stories with community practitioners themselves guiding the narrative.

  • Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in the Asia-PacificAug 27, 2013
    Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in the Asia-Pacific is a report developed by the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, investigating the sustainable energy opportunities and challenges in the region in relation to poverty reduction and development. It is produced in line with the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL), which seeks to reach three goals by 2030: Universal access to modern energy; double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

  • The second national communication on climate change submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.The second national communication on climate change submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Oct 2, 2013
    Lao PDR ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1995 and the Kyoto Protocol in 2003. As a party to the Convention, the country has actively participated in the Convention process and submitted the First National Communication (FNC) to the UNFCCC in 2000 as part of its commitments.The FNC summarized national circumstances, inventory, mitigation measures, and financial and technical constraints and support needs.


Rapid economic growth, primarily driven by natural resource extraction, is putting new pressures on the environmental assets on which rural communities traditionally depend. Strengthening human and financial capacities to manage natural resources at the community level and enforcing relevant laws is critical to ensure sustainable development.